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May 19 Indoor Meeting: Imaging Showcase

*Note: Meeting is the THIRD FRIDAY Due to Conflict with NCSU Graduation (Crafts Center closed) Location: NCSU Crafts Center (directions) Date: May 19, 2017 Time: 7:30-9:30pm This meeting will feature recent photos from our astro-imaging group and relevant discussion. After the presentation, we will discuss additional RAC business, including elections (officer elections will take place in June), a treasurer’s report, and an outreach update. We will then adjourn for “dinner” at a Sammy’s Tap and Grill on Avent Ferry Rd.

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April 20 Imaging Meeting: Solarography

Join us for this month’s RAC Imaging Meeting where club member Steve Chirstensen will be talking about his success in solarography which allows dramatic pictures of the suns path over the course of weeks. Afterwards, John Sadler will give us a rundown of what he has learned in the freeware programs of Kstars and EKOS. The meeting will be at its usual venue in the hallway of the Raleigh Brickhouse.

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Statewide Star Party

It’s that time again – time for the statewide star party. The statewide star party, part of the NC Science Festival, offers skywatching events across North Carolina, primarily on the nights of April 21 and April 22. The Raleigh Astronomy Club will be present at a number of events around the Raleigh/Durham area! These family events are free and kid friendly! April 21 Prairie Ridge Ecostation 1671 Gold Star Dr, Raleigh, NC 27607 8:30pm-11:00pm Rain Date: April 22, 2017 RAC…

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April 7 Indoor Meeting: Lunar Observation and Imaging

*Note: Meeting is the FIRST FRIDAY Due to Conflict with Good Friday (Crafts Center unavailable) on 2nd Friday) Location: NCSU Crafts Center (directions) Date: April 7, 2017 Time: 7:30-9:30pm Following up on March’s meeting about eclipses and transits, club Members Mike Mantini and Doug Lively will speak about Lunar Observing and Imaging. After the presentation, we will discuss additional RAC business, then adjourn for “dinner” at a local establishment.

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Location: The Raleigh Brickhouse Restaurant Royal Hall Date: March 16, 2017 Time: 7:00-9:30pm Please join us for the topic of how Sequence Generator Pro can assist in automating your imaging sessions.  Michael Fulbright and David Keller will give us a quick rundown of the programs capabilities.

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March 10 Indoor Meeting: Eclipses and Transits

Location: NCSU Crafts Center (directions) Date: March 10, 2017 Time: 7:30-9:30pm Please join us Friday night at the NC State Crafts Center for a presentation by Chris Cole about “Eclipses and Transits.” After the presentation, we will discuss additional RAC business, then adjourn for “dinner” at a local establishment.

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RACOBS is ON! GO! Feb 24

It’s time for RACOBS, the monthly outdoor observing session of the Raleigh Astronomy Club!  Check back for a go/no-go decision and timing to open the gate. It’s been a few months, so let’s hope the weather cooperates! Date:   Friday, February 24, 2017 Sunset: 6:05pm As always, visitors are welcome!  Just email the club, [email protected], at least 24 hours in advance so we can provide details (location, timing, etc).  If you’ve been to our site in the past, please let…

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Feb 10 Indoor Meeting: Celestial Occultations

Location: NCSU Crafts Center (directions) Date: February 10, 2017 Time: 7:30-9:30pm Please join us Friday night at the NC State Crafts Center for a presentation by our own Mark Lang titled: “Celestial Occultations – an overview of astronomical occultations” Additionally We will have: 1) An announcement concerning a memorial fund honoring Dr. Jerry Watson. 2) Discussions concerning the August 21 Eclipse 3) Distribution of solar eclipse glasses to RAC Members attending the meeting. 4) General RAC Business

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Recap: Astronomy Days

Astronomy Days Recap The Raleigh Astronomy Club, in conjunction with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and many other groups, put together another very successful weekend for Astronomy Days 2017 where the theme was “The Sun and The Stars”. Nearly 15,000 visitors attended the events. It’s always great to see our community so engaged in astronomy, space, and science. A big thank you to everyone who volunteered to make the event what it is! One of the most popular exhibits…

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1/19/2017 Imaging Meeting: Plans for 2017

Join us at the Brickhouse Restaurant (3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607 – the Royal center) on Thursday, January 19, 2017.   The meeting begins at 7pm.  We meet in the hallway just behind the restaurant. We will be discussing plans for future topics, possible imaging outings for 2017, and a brief mention of how you can contribute for the Astronomy Days Event.

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Cancelled RACOBS: January 20

RACOBS is cancelled due to wet and cloudy conditions… perhaps next month?! *NOTE* RACOBS has been moved a week earlier due to Astronomy Days Bring the family out to RACOBS!  The Raleigh Astronomy Club’s monthly observing session at our usual dark sky site.  Check back for a go/no-go decision and timing to open the gate.    It might be cold, so dress appropriately. Date:   Friday, January 20, 2016 Sunset: 5:30pm As always, visitors are welcome!  Just email the club,…

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SKYWATCHER USA 10″ COLLAPSIBLE DOBSONIAN SKY COMMANDER RETROFIT

I know it’s not astroimaging related, but I decided to post the instructions I used to connect my Sky Commander digital setting circles to my Skywatcher USA 10″ collapsible dobsonian. This was mainly to test the forum system out and see how it goes. Proceed at your own risk. This installation does require modification to the base board of your Skywatcher USA Dobsonian mount and it not a reversible operation. The 3D Printed parts have been designed by me for…

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Indoor Meeting: Holiday Gear & Astronomy Days

This is the monthly meeting of the Raleigh Astronomy Club Details: Members share their holiday gear gifts or purchases!  Afterwards, the club will discuss Astronomy Days, a signature event for the Raleigh Astronomy Club in conjunction with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences Location:   NCSU Crafts Center  (directions) Date:  January 13, 2017 Time:  7:30-9:30pm Synopsis:  Did you receive any Astronomy Gear over the Holiday’s?  If so bring it to the NCSU Crafts center and spend 5 – 10 Minutes…

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CANCELLED: RACOBS – December 23

Tonight’s session is cancelled   We will try again next week on an ad hoc basis Bring the family out to RACOBS!  The Raleigh Astronomy Club’s monthly observing session at our usual dark sky site.  Check back for a go/no-go decision and timing to open the gate.    It might be cold, so dress appropriately. Date:   Friday, December 23, 2016 Sunset: 5:06pm As always, visitors are welcome!  Just email the club, [email protected] at least 24 hours in advance so we…

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